Hathor Planckton and family called our North parking lot home a couple weeks back. Planckton is passionate about sharing art, exposing artâ€™s importance in society, and advocating sustainable living throughout the United States.
Planckton, her partner Leroy, and their two small children live in what they call Dragonflybus, a converted 1953 Chevy 5800 School Bus with a 1953 Blue Flame van welded on top for additional space. Planckton says, â€œweâ€™ve got solar panels, a refrigerator, and a really warm stove; our floors are finished, our walls are finished, my bed reclines down from the ceiling; my kids have bunk beds in the back. I am an extremely happy homeowner.â€ The walls are insulated with re-purposed denim, and the stove is wood-fueled, vintage, and sturdy.
And itâ€™s truly a homeâ€”Dragonfly bus looks, inside, like any other home to a family with small children. Trinkets and toys are stashed and strewn, and the welcome, warmth, and color are undeniable. When I visited, there was even a blanket fort in progress.
Plancktonâ€™s art is an eclectic collection of portraiture, still life, and scenes from her travels. And while Planckton is an artist, the exterior is crowd-sourced art. Whenever the bus hits a town, Planckton issues an invitation for residents to add their own art to the bus.
The Pajama Factory community enjoyed having Dragonflybus and Plancktonâ€™s family with us for a week and a half; their commitment to living a life of art aligns with our ideals and mission. Weâ€™re looking forward to another visit when their travels bring them back this way.